When the holidays don't come to you, you're stuck with an intense travel itinerary that's got the weight of your entire family's expectations resting on your shoulders. Taking the time to consider some Christmas travel tips before you make any plans is a non-negotiable step this holiday season. The difference between a well-planned holiday travel trip and a last-minute holiday travel trip is a breeze and a hurricane. That's why I've rounded up a few things to keep in mind before you even purchase a ticket. Hint: do not skim this list! Each item is crucial!
With all of the deals and short cuts that surface this time of year, it's important to have a good eye and know what's a deal and what's a recipe for disaster. While leaving early and expecting travel and delays is a good rule of thumb, there's so much more that goes into having a smooth trip home this holiday season. And nothing puts a damper on the Christmas spirit more than a missed flight, a lost bag or a total nervous breakdown. So let's try to avoid that while we can. Cheers to putting to bon in voyage this holiday season.